Sky come up short
The Sky missed three potential tying shots in the final seven seconds, including two by Courtney Vandersloot, before Gabby Williams’ failed alley-oop attempt at the buzzer in an 8381 loss to the Lynx at IMG Academy in Florida.
Vandersloot, Azura Stevens and Cheyenne Parker each had 16 points for the Sky (2-1). Allie Quigley added 11. Stevens had 11 rebounds. Vandersloot (four assists) passed Becky Hammon for fifth on the league’s assist list.
Crystal Dangerfield made two free throws to give the Lynx a 12-point lead with 3:26 to play, but Parker hit a three-pointer eight seconds later to spark a 10-3 run that trimmed the Sky’s deficit to 79-74 when Stevens made a three with 1:41 to go.
Napheesa Collier answered with a layup, but Vandersloot made a layup and then Diamond DeShields had a steal and a layup to make it a three-point game with 53.6 seconds left.
After two free throws by Collier, Quigley’s three-pointer capped the scoring with 38.2 remaining.
With Stefanie Dolson (ankle), Jantel Lavender (foot) and Sydney Colson (illness) sitting out, the Sky used eight players.
Sky guard Courtney Vandersloot looks to pass around Lynx guard Shenise Johnson.
Sky forward Azura Stevens drives against Lynx forward Mikiah Herbert Harrigan on Thursday.